Earlier this week, a school bus involved in a multi vehicle accident in Lake Forest was carrying special needs children. The accident unfortunately caused several parties to become seriously injured. It appears that the school bus “t-boned” or ran into the side another vehicle, which in turn struck several other vehicles. California Highway Patrol are still investigating the cause of the accident, but it appears that the school bus is the responsible at-fault party.
If you have been in a car accident that has been caused by a government vehicle, such as a school bus, police car, firetruck, city employee, etc., there are special considerations you must consider before pursuing a lawsuit. First of all, in order to make a claim for damages and to sue any governmental entity, you must comply with the Government Claims Act. The Government Claims Act requires you to make a formal claim with the governmental entity responsible for your damages, which in turn the government must respond to within a set amount of time. You may not file a lawsuit until after the government responds to your claim.
On the positive side, unlike against private parties, governmental entities almost always have sufficient insurance policy limits to cover your damages for property and bodily injury. Accordingly, these claims can be very worthwhile to pursue. In addition, there will be no concern about the lack of insurance or coverage for these types of claims.
Claims against governmental entities could be more complex than the average case, and it is strongly recommended that you speak to an experienced attorney before attempting to pursue this type of claim alone. At the Law Firm of Rivers Morrell, we have the experience and dedication to resolve your claims efficiently and for maximum value. If you or someone you love was injured by a school bus involved in a multi vehicle accident in Lake Forest we invite to contact the Law Firm of Rivers Morrell at (949)305-1400 for a free consultation to discuss your claims and injuries. We also invite you to review the recommendations of our clients.